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Bill to install "speed humps" passes in St. Louis City

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Officials have passed a bill to install "speed humps" in the City of St. Louis. 

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed Board Bill 88, the “Traffic Calming Bill” by a vote of 21 to 2. The bill opens the door for “speed humps” to be installed on residential streets that are not on snow routes.

“They’re about 14 feet wide, so you have the gradual ramp up, it tops out at maximum 4 inches, we actually like 3 1/2 inches,” said Commissioner of Traffic Deanna Venker. “Then there's the gradual ramp down.”

Over the last several months, city leaders have visited Kansas City, Mo. and Portland, Ore. to research how the city is using speed humps and other traffic calming devices to slow drivers.

Venker said "speed humps" can be used on residential streets, but for busier streets that are snow routes, other devices will be used. The city is already using devices called “bump outs” in many areas.

“That’s really what this is about, is reducing the field of vision, because some of the roads we have are so wide,” said Venker.

27th Ward Alderman Chris Carter told News 4 he is already planning where to put "speed humps" in his ward. However, 11th Ward Alderman Tom Villa said speed humps won’t fix the problem and getting them installed will be a long process.

“People like me who want to keep my front end in line, and who don't want to drive on those, they'll just move over a street and the traffic on that street will be exacerbated by extra traffic,” said Villa.

Venker said small traffic calming projects will move quickly to construction after they are approved by the Board of Public Service. She said each "speed hump" will cost between $2,500 - $5,000. 

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